Kildare County Council out on the roads in Kill this morning. PICTURE: Tony Keane
Kildare County Council has activated its Crisis Management Team to cope with red alert snow and ice conditions which are set to worsen across the county tomorrow.
The council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team reconvened this morning to discuss and analyse the impact of the severe weather.
“The decision was taken at this meeting and following the issue of a status red weather warning by Met Eireann to activate the Kildare County Council Crisis Management Team. We are also continuing to work in close co-operation with An Garda Siochana, the HSE and the Defence Forces,” said the local authority.
It stressed the council’s response teams including roads, water, fire, civil defence are actively engaged in dealing with the current weather situation.
“Currently we have nine ploughs in operation, in conjunction with 16 privately contracted ploughs and ploughs supplied by the Defence Forces. In addition Civil Defence are using seven four wheel drive vehicles to assist members of the public in difficulty and to ensure Kildare County Council drivers and members of An Garda Siochana can get to their places of work,” it added.
The National Emergency Coordination Committee met this morning and has asked everybody in Munster and Leinster to be indoors by 4pm tomorrow and to stay there until midday on Friday.
It said: "Blizzard-like conditions will develop in heavy snow and strong easterly winds on Thursday evening and will continue Thursday night and Friday morning."
All schools will close in Kildare tomorrow.
Iarnród Éireann will stop services nationally from 2pm tomorrow and there will be limited Luas and DART services.
Motorists are urged to continue to exercise caution on all roads when driving and to avoid any unnecessary journeys.
Kildare County Council said; “Please review the Winter Ready Booklet on our website for useful tips that will assist households in preparing for severe weather and coping with it when it happens,” it added.
The public are also encouraged to check on vulnerable neighbours.
Kildare County Council’s Crisis Management Team will reconvene this afternoon and further updates will be published on its website, Facebook and Twitter.
The Peter McVerry Trust, on behalf of Kildare County Council have put the Cold Weather Initiative for the county into operation to provide shelter for people sleeping rough during the severe weather conditions and the Freephone Number for this service is 1800 804 307 and is operational at all times.
Please note that all Kildare County Council offices and libraries are closed until further notice. If you need to contact the council for urgent matters please telephone: 1890 500 333
The Defence Forces have deployed 26 personnel and seven 4x4 vehicles in a range of support to communities in Cork, Kilkenny, Kildare, Wexford and Waterford so far this morning #sneachta pic.twitter.com/maSXqqcuwT— Irish Defence Forces (@defenceforces) February 28, 2018